Boston Dynamics recently unveiled its latest creation, a two-wheeled robot named Handle built to hurdle obstacles at speed. Claire Apthorp reports on this leap in robotics and considers whether, with the company reportedly up for sale, the designs will ever make it into development for military customers.
Sixty-six years almost to the day after the idea of a European army was first floated, the EU passed a controversial resolution to establish a European Defence Union, which might finally pave the way for comprehensive and complete military integration. Dr Gareth Evans reports.
The German Federal Ministry of Defence’s 2016 White Paper came with some sober assessments on the state of European and wider international security challenges. As Claire Apthorp finds out, peace and stability are no long a matter of course, even in Europe.
QinetiQ, Thales and Textron AirLand have announced a collaborative bid to lead the UK Ministry of Defence’s upcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme. Claire Apthorp looks at the move, which is the latest step in an accelerated programme to find a service provider by January 2020 when the current electronic warfare-type training activity ends.
At the NATO summit in Warsaw, NATO and the EU issued their first joint declaration on security cooperation, pledging to work together particularly in the fields of hybrid warfare and cyber warfare, as well as joint maritime operations to prevent illegal migration. Claire Apthorp takes a closer look at these policy decisions and asks how they will shape the defence landscape in the near future.
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In 2015 two major contracts marked a fifty year relationship between the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Fujitsu that reaches right back to the days when the company (as ICL) delivered main frame systems into the MoD. Claire Apthorp takes a look at how Fujitsu is contributing to today’s modern military.
India is often overlooked when glancing at the geopolitical chessboard of Russian security affairs. Though disparate in many political-economic aspects, the two countries historically and presently share common security concerns in their overlapping spheres of influence in central Asia and worldwide, as Simon Williams and Alex Flather report.
Death beams and ray guns may be science fiction staples, but the idea of directed energy weapons (DEWs) was around long before Captain Kirk boldly went anywhere, or anyone named Skywalker ever thought to pick up a lightsaber. Now, as DEWs look close to becoming reality, the next question on everyone’s lips is: If for every measure there is a countermeasure, what counters direct energy? Could it be the forcefield? Dr Gareth Evans reports.
After a long wait, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) wound up publishing its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) mere days after Europe’s worst terrorist attack in a decade. Although terrorism had been high on the government’s threat assessment radar for some time, the events in Paris brought home just how radically the UK armed forces’ defence posture must shift as it looks into the coming decade. Claire Apthorp reports on UK’s defence plans.
NATO has had energy security at the top of its agenda for a number of years. As armed forces continue to increase their reliance on power-hungry platforms and equipment in the digital battlespace, this demand for power presents an Achilles’ heel to adversaries, as Claire Apthorp finds out.